Ambulance Watch: West Midlands ambulance chief set to become new boss of region’s 999 service

Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Adam Gretton Health correspondent adam.gretton@archant.co.uk
Monday, December 16, 2013
7:30 AM

The ambulance chief, who conducted a damning review into the leadership of the East of England Ambulance Service, is set to become the 999 trust’s new chief executive, the EDP understands.

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Anthony Marsh, CEO of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, who was parachuted into the region’s ambulance service earlier this year, is set to be installed as the head of the East of England service this week.

The EDP has been told that the senior NHS leader will retain his job as CEO of one of the best performing ambulance services in the country as well as help turnaround the fortunes of the East of England Ambulance Service - the worst performing.

The NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) is set to announce the appointment of Mr Marsh this week, who is also set to bring in his own team of executives.

Mr Marsh would be made responsible for overseeing an ambulance service that is called out to Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire as well as the West Midlands patch, which covers Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Warwickshire.

The former head of the Essex Ambulance Service was brought in by the government in March to review the region’s ambulance service and help address slow response times.

His report, which said that the trust board had developed a sense of “helplessness” and there was a lack of “cohesive” plan for it to meet its targets, led to a flurry of non-executive director resignations. Six new non-executive directors have since joined the trust - Peter Kara, Valerie Morton, Dean Parker, Sheila Childerhouse, Andrew Egerton-Smith, and Judith Lancaster.

Andrew Morgan, the former chief executive of Norfolk NHS, has been interim chief executive of the East of England Ambulance Service since last December following the resignation of Hayden Newton.

The ambulance trust announced in September that it had postponed its recruitment of a new chief executive because none of the candidates were successful.

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  • 'If',this report is true and EEAST are to draft in yet another CEO along with yet another senior management team then it will be a complete and utter travesty. EEAST has been a disaster ever it was created and whilst people like Andrew Morgan and Anthony Marsh may state otherwise it is too large and too unwieldy an organisation too succeed in its present form. Mr Morgan's plans to turn around this behemoth have little chance of succeeding. His false optimism along with those of his management team are not shared by the majority of staff who remain as demoralised now as they were under the previous regime. The service needs to be reduced in size by being split and it needs the stability of having a CEO and board who are going to create a sense of purpose from those who work for them, which unfortunately, is not going to happen with yet another new CEO and management team.

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  • Has Christmas come early for Anthony Marsh? I ask simply because as CEO of two regional ambulance services one imagines that the combined salary would be huge. Of course it's possible that he'll take a pro rata salary commensurate with the work he does for each service. However, how he'll be able to devote the required time to both services is an open question.

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